Seven non-EU countries restrict Hungarian poultry imports



Seven non-EU member countries have banned the import of poultry and poultry products from Békés County or from the whole of Hungary following an outbreak of H5N8 bird flu virus at a Hungarian turkey farm, the countryʼs food safety authority NÉBIH  said yesterday, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

So far Canada, Serbia, South Africa, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore have announced full or partial bans on Hungarian poultry imports. 

There are no limitations for deliveries to other European Union members, with the exception of the protection and surveillance zones established by NÉBIH.

Lajos Bognár, Hungaryʼs chief veterinarian, told public radio on Tuesday that talks are in progress with Hungaryʼs most important trade partners about enacting only partial embargoes.

NÉBIH said Wednesday afternoon that its officials have detected a second occurrence of the virus at a duck farm in Bács-Kiskun County.


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